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Word Origin and History for sophronia


fem. proper name, from Greek sophronia, from sophron (genitive sophronos) "discreet, prudent, sensible, having control over sensual desires, moderate, chaste," literally "of sound mind," from sos "safe, sound, whole" + phren "midriff, heart, mind" (see phreno-).

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  • Cautious, Sophronia, only cautious, for your and the children's sakes!

    The Prophet of Berkeley Square

    Robert Hichens

  • Mr. Vivian has come, Sophronia, according to your directions.

  • "I shall be glad to have a visit from you, Sophronia," he said.

    Margaret Montfort

    Laura E. Richards

  • I—I used to run Sophronia up-stairs, Margaret, when she was a troublesome girl.

    Margaret Montfort

    Laura E. Richards

  • "I remember them very well, Sophronia," said Mr. Montfort, steadily.

    Margaret Montfort

    Laura E. Richards